Here's a new-ish concept you might want to include in your skincare routine: toning pads, which are (Surprise!) basically cotton pads pre-soaked in toners. They can be hydrating, exfoliating, pore-clearing, or anti-aging—just choose whichever caters to your specific skin concern.

What makes them different from the old-fashioned method of just using a cotton ball and a toner is that their formulas are more potent and their pads provide physical exfoliation, too. Thinking of trying them out? Here are a few suggestions:


CosRX One Step Moisture Up Pad

P900, Lazada

Each toning pad delivers a boost of hydration care of hyaluronic acid. It also has propolis extract that fights pimple-causing bacteria. Use this to combat dehydrated, flaky skin.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

P804/28 pads (on sale at P562.79), Sephora

A gentle, alcohol-free resurfacing beauty pad that diffuses fine lines and brings out your complexion's glow. It's safe for those with sensitive skin, too!


Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

P1,295, Beauty Bar

This resurfacing pad is popular in the K-beauty world for a reason: It has lactic acid that dissolves dead skin cells and removes deep-seated dirt in the pores without you feeling anything—it's that gentle! The only thing you'll notice is your smoother, more radiant complexion. The red wine in the formula keeps your skin young looking and plump.


Pixi Glow Peel Pads

P1,490, Glamourbox

A great tool for exfoliating and dislodging whiteheads and blackheads. Although it has 20 percent glycolic acid content, you just need to rinse it with cold water. It does sting a bit, but the glowing results are sooo worth it.


Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads

P2,450, Freyja Glorietta

An alcohol-free chemical exfoliator that reduces the appearance of fine lines, refines pores, and clears the skin of blemishes. Chamomile and green tea extracts soothe pimples and tired skin.

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